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As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
A new live action take on Pinocchio has been talked about for some time now, and more recently, it began to gain some traction when it was revealed that Robert Downey Jr was set to take on the role of Geppetto in the movie. Furthermore, he and Susan Downey are set to produce the movie through their production company.
Over the past few years, a variety of people - including Bryan Fuller and Jane Goldman - have taken a pass at the Pinocchio script. Meanwhile, potential directors have included Tim Burton and Ben Stiller. But now, the project appears to have landed at the door of Paul Thomas Anderson.
In a surprising match between filmmaker and material, Paul Thomas Anderson will rewrite Robert Downey Jr.‘s live-action “Pinocchio” movie with an eye toward directing the project for Warner Bros., TheWrap has learned. Anderson is the six-time Oscar-nominated auteur behind “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “There Will Be Blood.” He most recently worked with Warner Bros. on “Inherent Vice,” which was initially slated to star Downey. The two have long wanted to work together and “Pinocchio” will mark their first collaboration. However, “Pinocchio” appears to be uncharted territory for Anderson, who doesn’t tackle a lot of open writing assignments. He’s a brilliant writer. »
- Jeff Sneider
This review was originally posted during our coverage of the 2014 Leeds Film Festival.
Australian film has seen as resurgence in the 21st century. Not since the heyday of the 1970s has the antipodean cinema scene enjoyed such a swell in international popularity. For a very long time, the only films to come out of Australia were comedies. These films were representative of Australian cinema to the world at large and determined what kind of movie was considered commercially viable in its home country. This resulted in a rush of Australian comedy films that stuck fast to the rule of diminishing returns. Thank God then that we have had such a great run of Australian films lately and more particularly, the absolutely terrific sex comedy, The Little Death.
- Liam Dunn
With an eclectic collection of films, including Step Brothers, Wreck-It Ralph, Magnolia, Gangs of New York, and Chicago, under his belt, John C. Reilly has cemented himself as one of the most popular character actors and, in recent years, comic leads working today, and the Galway Film Fleadh are delighted to announce that he will the subject of their annual Public Interviews, hosted by Sean rocks and taking place at Rte One’s Arena in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday July 12th. With an amazing number of beloved roles under his belt, it will no doubt add up to an insightful and hilarious time for all, and will be followed by a screening of cult comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. For tickets and more information, you can click here. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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What would you do with a second chance?
From executive producer/writer Rand Ravich (“Life,” “Crisis”) and executive producer Howard Gordon (“Homeland,” “24”) comes The Frankenstein Code, a modern reimagining of the Mary Shelley classic, about a man brought back to life by two scientists playing god.
Seventy-five-year-old Jimmy Pritchard (guest star Philip Baker Hall, “Modern Family,” “Magnolia”) is a shell of his former self. A drinker, a womanizer and a father who always put work before family, Pritchard was forced to resign as L.A. County Sheriff for corrupt conduct more than a decade ago. Now, some 15 unkind years later, he is killed when he stumbles upon a robbery at the home of FBI Agent Duval Pritchard (Tim DeKay, »
- Gary Collinson
With the 2014-2015 television season winding down, many television fans and channels are looking ahead to the new series that will make their debut over the next television season. Fox is no different, having announced their renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups over the last week, and the network has now released trailers for a number of their new series.
First up is the trailer for the new animated series Bordertown.
From Family Guy’s Mark Hentemann comes Bordertown, a new animated comedy about two families living in a Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border. The series takes a satirical look at the cultural shifts occurring in America, where the U.S. Census forecasts that by 2017, ethnic minorities will become the majority. Set against this increasingly diverse backdrop, the comedy explores family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink. Bordertown centers on two clans: the Buckwalds and the Gonzalezes. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Just a few days after Fox gave a series order to The Frankenstein Code, the network released the first trailer during its upfront presentation in New York today. The Frankenstein Code is slated for a midseason debut, but we likely won't know exactly when it will hit the airwaves for several more months. The Frankenstein Code will be joined by Lucifer and comedies Bordertown and The Guide to Surviving Life in midseason, along with The X-Files event series.
What would you do with a second chance? From executive producer/writer Rand Ravich (Life, Crisis) and executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24) comes The Frankenstein Code, a modern reimagining of the Mary Shelley classic, about a man brought back to life by two scientists playing god. Seventy-five-year-old Jimmy Pritchard (guest star Philip Baker Hall, Modern Family, Magnolia) is a shell of his former self. A drinker, a womanizer and a father who always put work before family, »
"The Devil has come to Los Angeles… Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis, “Merlin”) has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.
Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, »
- Derek Anderson
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today unveiled the Fox primetime slate for the 2015-2016 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre. Here's what the CEO's had to say in a joint statement.
"Building on the phenomenal momentum created by Gotham, The Last Man on Earth and, of course, Empire, we're infusing next season's schedule with new ambitious dramas, smart comedies, aspirational unscripted series and big live events and specials - all from the best creators in the business. And our strategy with these bold creative swings is simple: schedule them strategically, market them relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform."
Tuesdays are all-new this fall on Fox, with new comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder, followed by killer comedy-horror series Scream Queens. The new comedies kicking off an all-new Tuesday are Grandfathered and The Grinder. »
We now know when Fox is planning to bring FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully back to the small screen, as the network revealed that part one of The X-Files six-episode event series premiere will air on Sunday, January 24th.
In their 2015 - 2016 fall TV schedule announcement (which also includes information on Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens, slated to begin airing on Tuesdays this fall), Fox revealed that the return of The X-Files will take place on Sunday, January 24th, between 10:00pm - 11:00pm Est after the Nfc Championship game.
The second half of the two-part premiere will air at 8:00pm Est the following night on Monday, January 25th, with subsequent episodes also airing on Monday nights. Filming on the event series begins this June. For more information, see the official press release below (The X-Files details are highlighted in bold text). Also included in »
- Derek Anderson
A few years ago, in a conversation about Stanley Kubrick’s “The Killing,” a friend said of character actor Elisha Cook Jr., “It’s always fun watching him get abused and humiliated.” Not everyone can convincingly play losers and lowlifes so that you both pity and loathe the characters. One modern-day actor who has picked up where Cook Jr. left off, albeit with much more sadness, is William H. Macy. And a new video tribute highlights the sad and pathetic characters the actor plays. Read More: William H. Macy's Impressive Feature Directorial Debut 'Rudderless' Subtitled “Cinema’s Number One Loser,” the Macy tribute from Huffington Post’s Oliver Noble and Ben Craw (via Uproxx) runs just over four minutes and features the most famous sad sacks the actor has played, including Jerry Lundegaard of “Fargo,” Little Bill in “Boogie Nights,” George Parker in “Pleaseantville,” the desperate-for-love Quiz Kid Donnie Smith in “Magnolia, »
- Cain Rodriguez
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Of all the left-field composers out there — typically musicians who don’t follow the traditional rules of film composing — if Jon Brion isn’t at the very top, he’s very damn close. The musician, composer, producer (who has worked with folks like Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Of Montreal, Elliott Smith and more) has been tapped by filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson (“Magnolia,” “Punch Drunk Love”), Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”), David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”), Charlie Kaufman (“Synechdoche, New York”), Miranda July (“The Future”) and more. In recent years he’s been moving towards comedies, especially for the films of Adam McKay (“The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers”), Vince Vaughn (“The Break-Up,” “Delivery Man”) and Judd Apatow. Brion scored “Funny People,” “This Is 40,” and has also written the music for the upcoming “Trainwreck” film starring Amy Schumer. The bête noir of all film composers is temp music — the music a. »
- Edward Davis
Read More: Sundance Review: 'Entertainment' Features Neil Hamburger, the Saddest Comedian in the World Magnolia Pictures has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to the meta dark comedy, "Entertainment." Written and directed by Rick Alverson, "Entertainment" follows an aging comedian performing his way across small venues throughout the Southwestern United States. Gregg Turkington a.k.a. Neil Hamburger -- the latter of which is a comedic persona of the former -- stars in the main role. Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly and Michael Cera make appearances throughout. "Entertainment" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the Next <=> section and most recently screened on the closing night of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films. A release date has not been set yet for "Entertainment." Magnolia plans to release "Tangerine," another Next <=> section alumnus acquired out of Sundance, during summer »
- Shipra Gupta
The film, directed by Rick Alverson (who previously made 2012’s “The Comedy”), follows an aging comedian (Gregg Turkington) as he performs at a string of underwhelming venues starting in Bakersfield, Calif. The trek unfolds with a supporting cast of John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Tye Sheridan and Amy Seimetz.
“Entertainment” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and later screened at SXSW and as the closing night of New Directors/New Films, to good reviews. As Scott Foundas, Variety’s chief film critic, wrote earlier this year: “Alverson’s fourth feature is singular stuff, and it reconfirms the director as one of the true bold voice in the all-too-homogenous U.S. indie film scene … ‘Entertainment’ should have no trouble finding a fervent cult to call its own.”
The producers on the film are Ryan Zacarias, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Paul Thomas Anderson as director.
Anderson began his career without any related college experience as a production assistant. With some money he scrounged together, he made a short film, which he entered into the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. He decided to turn that short into a feature and was invited to attend the Sundance Feature Film Program, where he was mentored, and his talents were further developed. In 1996 his first feature film was released, Hard Eight, which Anderson had to raise his own money in order to edit it as he wanted, which was different than how the production company wanted to release the film. His version received some critical praise. His next film, Boogie »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Paul Thomas Anderson might not have won an Oscar this past weekend for writing “Inherent Vice” — or for “There Will Be Blood” in 2008 (which is a shame), or “Magnolia” or “Boogie Nights” — but his day will come. He’s too good for the Academy to continue to pass up time after time. As a writer-director, he brings his unique voice to every film he makes, consistently delivering moving, character-driven stories that stand out in their ability to showcase situations and people infrequently depicted in mainstream cinema. (Speaking of his voice, be sure to listen to this interview PTA did with Interview Magazine about “Inherent Vice” if you’ve not yet done so.) Even before Paul Thomas Anderson was a recognizable name, his knack for engaging, well-written dramas set in Southern California was already becoming a defining characteristic of his. For proof, look no further than Anderson’s 1993 short, “Cigarettes and Coffee. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Paul Thomas Anderson has crafted a unique visual style with his seven deep filmography. He has the slow dolly in on someone's face, long steadicam takes, etc. Among his visual go-tos is the long shot, or even extreme long shot (which is just a long shot to the Extreme). Anderson's films generally deal with characters in isolation, and the long shot is a perfect way to illustrate this. In this supercut, courtesy of Jacob T. Sweeney, we get to see PTA's various uses of the long shot, which are both beautiful to look at and can say so much about the characters completely out of context. I wish this was more of a video essay and not a supercut, explaining why these are effective shots, but it is nice to see them all compiled in a neat package like this. Regardless, it still showcases the extremely well constructed shots of »
- Mike Shutt
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